They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one that got away.


Harald Zwart


Petter Skavlan (as Alex Boe)
3,870 ( 278)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gullestad ... Jan Baalsrud
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Kurt Stage
Marie Blokhus ... Gudrun Grønvoll
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Marius Grønvoll
Vegar Hoel ... Sigurd Eskeland
Håkon T. Nielsen ... Erik Reichelt
Eirik Risholm Velle Eirik Risholm Velle ... Per Blindheim
Daniel Frikstad Daniel Frikstad ... Gabriel Salvesen
Eric Dirnes Eric Dirnes ... Bjørn Norman Bolstad
Alexander Zwart Alexander Zwart ... Sjur Ludvigsen Trovåg
Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa ... Sverre Odd Kverhellen
Håkon Smeby Håkon Smeby ... Harald Peter Ratvik
Axel Barø Aasen ... Frithjof Meyer Haugland
Ole Victor Corral ... Magnus Johan Kvalvik
Kim Jøran Olsen Kim Jøran Olsen ... Nils 'Nigo' Nilsen


True World War II story about Jan Baalsrud, one of the 12 saboteurs sent in 1943 from England to the Nazi occupied Northern Norway. After their boat is sunk by the Germans, Jan goes on the run towards the neutral Sweden. However, the brutal weather conditions turn out to possibly be an even greater foe than the Nazi patrols.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | History | Thriller | War


Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Thomas Gullestad (Jan Baalsrud) suffered from frost damage on his hands after he was buried in the snow without gloves when it was almost -30°C. See more »


After Baalsrud leaves the midwife, she sees that he has left his stocking cap behind and is able to hide it at the moment the Germans walk in. Later, when Baalsrud arrives at the Hansen's home, he is wearing the stocking cap again. See more »


Title Card: WWII. April 9, 1940, Norway is occupied by Nazi Germany and Hitler establishes "Festung Norwegen". The German war machine moves to the far north and the allied convoys suffer enormous losses.
Title Card: Scotland 1943. Norwegian soldiers are trained by the British forces to carry out the vital sabotage missions in Norway. Operation Martin Red was launched on March 24. Twelve Norwegian resistance fighters set sail for Norway. Their mission: to sabotage German airfields and installations.
Title Card: Only one man came ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

From the introduction titles: "The most incredible events in this story are the ones that actually took place" See more »


Referenced in La noche de...: La noche de... El duodécimo hombre (2019) See more »

User Reviews

Really Worth Seeing
16 June 2018 | by bilismitSee all my reviews

I really do not care how accurate this movie was made. It's a great movie worth seeing. It keeps you focused with almost no boring moments. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story.

50 of 70 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 163 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »





Norwegian | German | English | Saami

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 12th Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyngen, Troms, Norway See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed